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Q2 Weather: A little break from severe storms for Billings tonight

Posted at 2:39 PM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 16:39:16-04

Have you ever noticed the day after a night of severe thunderstorms, often turns out to be a beautiful day? That is the story in Billings on this Friday afternoon.

The temperatures have warmed up into the upper 70s and low 80s and will probably stay there for most of the afternoon.

The only threat we have on the threat board today is a flood warning for the Clarks fork of the Yellowstone at Edgar. That River is forecast to go above flood stage on Sunday.

Outside of that our thunderstorm Outlook shows a marginal risk of severe storms for southeastern Montana on Friday, and an increased risk for severe storms in Carter in Powder River counties.

There is also a severe thunderstorm watch for Carter County until 10 PM tonight. That watch also includes parts of South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming.

The Doppler radar shows you a few showers and thunderstorms are starting to pop up to our Southwest but unlike Thursday, they are not expected to grow to severe limits.

The air is not quite as buoyant on Friday as it was on Thursday.

Although we could get a little extra orographic lift from the Black Hills of South Dakota creating some big thunderstorms in that area.

The storms brewing in the Beartooth and Absaroka Mountains are not expected to get that big and, those that do, are forecast to track to the North and West of Billings.

Once these storms leave the state we will see mostly sunny skies and hot temperatures on Saturday, until a new cold front moves in from the West Coast Saturday night.

BILLINGS FORECAST

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a 20% chance for an evening thunderstorm. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Low 58°.

Saturday: Mostly sunny and hot. South winds 5 to 15 mph. High 92°.

Sunday: Mostly sunny with a 30% chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Northwest winds 10 to 20 mph. High 76°.